(HealthDay News) – From 2009–2010, compared with 1999–2000, individuals with mental illnesses were more likely to have public insurance and less likely to have private insurance, according to research published in the October issue of Health Affairs.
Kathleen Rowan, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and colleagues analyzed data from the Integrated Health Interview Series to examine patterns of insurance coverage and cost barriers to care for those with mental health problems.
The researchers found that, in 2009–2010, individuals with mental health conditions were more likely to have public insurance and less likely to have private insurance compared with 1999–2000. For those with serious mental illnesses, cost barriers to care increased for the uninsured and the privately insured.
“Our results speak to the importance of public insurance in covering care for people with mental illnesses,” the authors write.